Three events on my bday:
1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on May 29.
1792 - By the Coinage Act, the U.S. Mint was founded and the U.S. currency was decimalised.
1917 - World War I: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
1867 - Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer (d. 1925)
1914 - Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
1872 - Samuel Morse, American inventor (b. 1791)